By Glennon Doyle
So I left my book on the nightstand in a hotel and could not face a plane ride without a book. I picked this one up off the wall in the airport newsstand. It was memoir so I thought why not…. This memoir is written by a woman who decides to confront her deep unhappiness and make major changes in her life.What did it make me think about?
This book confronts the fact that many of us women have deeply ingrained beliefs about ourselves and our roles as women. These beliefs affect our relationships as friends, lovers, and even as parents. I often found myself reading a paragraph over again to really absorb what was being said. One of Ms. Doyle’s many nuggets of wisdom,
“I tell them that we can choose to be perfect and admired, or to be real and loved.”
Should I read it?
When I first started reading I did not think I was going to be able to relate to Glennon Doyle at all. By the grace of God, I am not bulimic or an alcoholic. As I kept reading though I discovered that this book is for all women who are looking for more depth in their lives. No one gets through this life without pain- and how we view and handle that pain is significant. Glennon Doyle manages to handle all this dark subject matter with humor and perspective.
“She is not wearing makeup, and this leads me to conclude that we are kindred spirits, which is odd, since I am wearing four pounds of makeup. I think of myself as a woman who does not need or care for makeup but just hasn’t gotten started with that yet.”
This memoir is certainly thought provoking- and isn’t that why we read?
“The bravest people I know are those who’ve walked through the fire and come out on the other side. They are those who’ve overcome, not those who’ve had nothing to overcome. Maybe my job as Amma’s mother is not to protect her from pain, but to hold her hand and walk into it with her.”